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IRS wants 'revival' of fraud referrals to CID.

In November, IRS Update reported that an American Bar Association subcommittee report recommended the IRS criminal investigations division get back to basics: reemphasize enforcement in the legal-income sector--tax crimes committed by otherwise law-abiding citizens--and put less emphasis on tax crimes by narcotics dealers and other criminals. (See JofA, Nov. 91, page 32.) An IRS internal study now has redefined the mission of the service's criminal investigations division (CID) and outlined changes the IRS will make to put more emphasis on legal-income crimes.

The encouragement of voluntary compliance with the revenue laws, not formerly included in the CID mission statement, will now be a stated goal. The study recommends varios measures to achieve balance between legal- and illegal-income enforcement. It recommends, for instance, spending more money on legal-income tax crimes and putting limits on resources spent on narcotic programs.

The study also recommends revived emphasis on the fraud referal program. CID would work with Examinations and other IRS divisions to beef up identification of significant fraud cases for referral to the CID.
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Title Annotation:Criminal Investigations Division
Author:Wagenbrenner, Anne
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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